Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

October Meet & Greets

Attention SCBWI members:

Happy falling leaves and pumpkins! Here are the Meet & Greets that are currently scheduled across New England for the month of October.

Please note, not every locale hosts an event every month. Many not scheduled this month will happen later in the season. If you have questions, contact the individual responsible for that specific event.

If you are interested in starting a Meet & Greet near you, please contact either Kris at or Shawn at

This is a list of the Meet & Greets currently scheduled in October. Look for a new listing of Meet & Greets at the end of the month.
Unless specifically requested, RSVPs are not required. Contact information is provided primarily for questions.
We hope to see you at one of these events!

Shawn Anderson
Co-RA SCBWI – Northern New England

North Shore of Massachusetts (Salem, MA)
Date: Friday, October 18
Time: 7:00–9:00 PM
Place: TBD—Due to the proximity to Halloween and knowing that parking can be difficult this time of year, this Meet & Greet’s organizer is looking for a new spot to meet. Please keep an eye on the NESCBWI Facebook page for an updated gathering place to be announced.
Theme: A continued discussion on self-publishing vs. traditional publishing and goals for NaNoWriMo. Bring your experiences, your opinions, and most importantly, bring an open mind!
Contact: Email Pamela at with any questions.

Boston Metro North (Concord, MA)
Date: Friday, October 18
Time: 10:00am–12:00pm (Welcome to stay for lunch)
Place: Trail’s End Café, 97 Lowell Road, Concord, MA
Plenty of free parking spaces
Theme: We’ll write first, then socialize and critique (feel free to bring your project or work to share)
Contact: Please contact Anne Tong ( and Kathy Cryan-Hicks ( for any questions.
**PLEASE NOTE: This is a recurring Meet & Greet that gathers on the 3rd Friday of each month (unless it falls on a holiday), so mark your calendar and make this a regular event. The group will resume online critique sessions in January 2020. Stay tuned.**

Metro Boston Area (Cambridge, MA)
Date: Tuesday, October 22
Time: 9:30am–12:30pm
Place: Cornerstone Village Cohousing, 175 Harvey St., Cambridge, MA 02140
Contact: Jenise Aminoff,
Theme: This is a co-working meeting—we’ll spend the first half hour talking about our current work, then spend the rest of our time WORKING. Light refreshments will be served. Feel free to bring a lunch with you. If you’re not a Cambridge resident, a parking consideration will allow you to park on adjacent streets, but we are also on the bike path, very close to the Alewife T station.
PLEASE NOTE: This is a recurring Meet & Greet that gathers on the 4th Tuesday of each month.

Greater Hartford CT (Avon, CT)
Date: Wednesday, October 23, 2019
Time: 6:30pm–8:30pm
Place: Farmington Valley Arts Center, 25 Arts Center Lane, Avon, CT 06001
(Walk to the far end of the long Arts Center building, upstairs to Studio 11B.)
Theme: This is a social gathering to help you get to know local writers and illustrators. Have a specific writing issue you want to brainstorm on? Bring it! Also, NaNo prep.
Contact: RSVP to Christy Yaros so we can plan for space.

New Haven, CT
Date: Thursday, October 24
Time: 6:30pm-8:30pm
Place: Book Trader Cafe,1140 Chapel St #4843, New Haven, CT 06511
Contact: If you have questions, please contact Joyce Johnson at

Rhode Island (Providence, RI)
Date: Thursday, October 24
Time: 5:30pm–7:30pm
Place: Providence Athenaeum, 251 Benefit St, Providence, RI 02903
Contact: Please RSVP to Jacqueline at

Maine (Portland, ME)
Date: Monday, October 28
Time: 5:00pm–7:00pm
Place: LFK, 188 State St. #A, Portland, ME
Contact: Please RSVP to Russ Cox at so he can plan for a big enough table.
Theme: This is a casual, social event open to all writers and illustrators at all levels.

Upper Valley, New Hampshire (West Lebanon, NH)
Date: Thursday, November 7
Time: 6:30pm-8:00pm
Place: Kilton Library at 80 Main Street, West Lebanon, NH.
Theme: This is a social gathering to help you get to know local writers and illustrators. As a conversation starter, bring business cards, bookmarks, and/or one thing to share with the group. It can be something that you’re working on or something newly published or just something that you really like. We’ll talk shop from around 6:40pm–7:30pm and then mingle from 7:30pm–7:50pm, allowing time to clean up.
Food & Drink: Since we are meeting in a library, please feel free to bring something nonalcoholic to drink and/or something to nibble on and share.
Contact: If you have questions, contact Emma at
This Meet & Greet is scheduled to meet the first Thursday of the month from 6:30pm-8:00pm in the community room at the Kilton Library. Kilton is at 80 Main Street, West Lebanon, NH.
Next meeting: December 5